What is United Methodist Women?

United Methodist Women is a supportive, inclusive Christian membership organization where women grow spiritually, develop as leaders and serve and work to create a world in which all women, children and youth thrive.

United Methodist Women and The United Methodist Church’s principles and values include:

  • Promoting the empowerment of women, children and youth.
  • Promoting anti-racism and multiculturalism.
  • Promoting inclusion and equity.
  • Promoting fair labor practices.
  • Promoting economic and environmental stewardship and sustainability.

United Methodist Women at Oceanview

United Methodist Women (UMW) is a supportive, inclusive Christian membership organization. We are a sister-hood where women grow spiritually, develop as leaders and serve and work to create a world in which all women, children and youth thrive. United Methodist Women is celebrated as the women’s ministry of The United Methodist Church.

All women are welcome to attend our fun and informative meetings. Each meeting we have a focus: an on-point topic relating to missions, local needs, social justice, environmental awareness or similar. We also like to have a Hands-On Project, something related to our focus that engages our hands. That way we can talk but at the same time DO something creative, helpful, and engaging.  

We gather on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. Where we meet may change, so contact Kim for more information. We would love to have you join us! 

If you are looking for Christian women’s fellowship, a sister-hood, that has fun and makes a difference in the community; then come join Oceanview UMW. Contact us at: umw@oceanviewumc.com.

Who can join United Methodist Women?

Any woman who commits herself to the PURPOSE of United Methodist Women and to engage in mission, study, personal growth and social action can join. Therefore, you don’t have to be United Methodist or meet an age requirement to be a member. It’s easy, just email us at umw@oceanviewumc.com.

You can find out more about United Methodist Women by going to our national UMW Website: http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/ 

For more information on UMW at Oceanview, contact Kim Wendt at: umw@oceanviewumc.com.

The response Magazine Podcast

Sign up for the response (lower case r is intentional) Magazine podcast!

response, an award-winning publication, is the official magazine of United Methodist Women and is published by the national office. Each issue will touch your heart, stir your soul and challenge your mind. Topics and issues cover spiritual growth, mission outreach and reports on our local, national and international work. The response podcast features audio versions of some of the articles from each issue.

You can subscribe to the Podcast via: 

Or you can listen on the web at: https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/responsepodcast

Faith Talks Podcast

Faith Talks are monthly conversations with United Methodist Women hosted by Jennifer R Farmer, Spotlight PR. Each conversation explores themes and resources that empower us to put faith, hope and love into action.

Past podcasts include: 

     Faith Talks: Grieving Those We've Lost

     Faith Talks: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

     Faith Talks: Global Media Monitoring Project

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You can sign up and/or listen to previous Faith Talks here: The United Methodist Women's website

United Methodist Women's Purpose

“We are a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.” 

2021 UMW Leaders at Oceanview

President: Kim Wendt

Vice-President: Jane Murphy

Treasurer: Lisa Leard

Secretary: Paula Mullins

Spiritual Growth Coordinator: Ethel Logan

President Emeritus: Dottie Weiner

Photo (left to right) Ethel Logan and Lisa Leard

To Address Climate Change, Address Gender Inequity

Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee

Sept 3, 2021 (RNS) — Hurricane Ida has devastated communities in Louisiana, leaving many without electricity during one of the hottest months of the year. Because of a lack of resources or reliable transportation, many people have not been able to evacuate the region, even as their current environment remains uninhabitable.

The UN estimates that 80% of those being displaced by climate change are women.

It is not uncommon for disaster management plans to assume people have middle- or upper-middle-class assets like a private vehicle when evacuating natural disasters. But it is difficult to evacuate when one lives in poverty, lacks reliable transportation, is a primary caretaker for children and the elderly and lacks credit cards with sizable credit lines.

The fact is that much of Ida’s impact will fall on women, especially women living in poverty and women of color. This was the reality for the disproportionate number of Black women who were impacted by Hurricane Katrina, and it is the reality for Black women, Native women and others in Louisiana today. It is true of nearly all of the increased disruptions — heat waves, fire weather, droughts, tropical cyclones, extreme rainfall and coastal flooding — of climate change.

It is time for advocates to be more vocal about the effect of the climate crisis on women, especially women living in poverty and women of color in the United States. For organizations that place women’s and children’s needs at the center of their advocacy, this issue is of utmost importance. 

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(Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee is the executive for economic and environmental justice for United Methodist Women. She is also the organization’s climate justice lead. The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Religion News Service.)

Understanding How Racism Shapes, Impacts Us

Cynthia Rives

Sept 7, 2021 I went to the school board meeting a couple of weeks ago and recited the Pledge of Allegiance with members of my community. This morning, I woke up with this phrase on my mind: “and liberty and justice for all.”

This week, I expect my governor will sign into law Senate Bill 3. This law is intended to stop teachers from using Critical Race Theory (CRT) in the public schools. It limits what teachers can and cannot teach and discuss in the classroom concerning systemic racism.

Critical race theory is a framework designed to help identify and understand how racism plays a part in our society. Teaching CRT is not an attempt to indoctrinate our children. CRT is an educational tool that helps all of us understand how racism impacts who we are as a country.

People of all ages need to learn the accurate story of our country’s history, including racial justice and injustice. Critical race theory is not something to be feared. It is just one of many tools we have to lead us toward becoming a country where liberty and justice is for all the people. Studying our history with a lens on justice and giving a voice and presence to all racial groups is the road to true freedom. I think learning a more complete history will liberate us to live into a future of hope.

Texas doesn’t need a law that prevents our schoolchildren from fully understanding the impact of racism in our country. In a society seeking “liberty and justice for all,” we need to “lean in” to learning about the history of all the people in the United States, not just the white perspective.

We don’t need to be anxious about change that comes when we expand our understanding of history. Change, for justice’s sake, is freedom-giving and life-changing for all. Change is hard, but change to end the sin of racism is worth the discomfort that may make us feel like the whole world is changing around us. The truth is the world is always changing around us, so let’s lean in together to move toward a more just society, one that lives up to the phrase “liberty and justice for all.”

Missions Reading Program: 2021-22

Get the 2021 Mission Reading Program Information:  Click here for more Reading Program Info and Catalog

The Reading Program brings together members in mission as they explore, share and discuss the books.

To participate, select one of our four plans and start reading! From captivating novels and heartfelt biographies to urgent messages about issues such as climate change and mass incarceration, there’s something for everyone.

Reading Program books are divided into five categories and are available for people of all ages and reading levels. As you read, track your progress using the Reporting Form. When you submit the Report of Completion Requirements, you will be recognized with a Certificate of Recognition.

Earning your Certificate of Recognition is just one way to show what you’ve gained from the Reading Program. The Reading Program is not meant to be completed alone or in a vacuum. As you read, consider taking one or more of the following actions:

  • Track Your Progress
  • Share the program with United Methodist Women members and members of the community.
  • Help people attain books. Distribute this guide.
  • Connect with local and district groups. Start a book club, download books onto an e-reader to pass around and share, present book reviews at group meetings.
  • Display a progress chart in your church for all who wish to participate, and post displays to encourage book sales.
  • Pray. Books often raise concerns about people, countries and issues. Bring these concerns to God during your prayer time at home and at group meetings.
  • Advocate for tangible change. Many Reading Program books address issues such as climate change, mass incarceration, immigration and racism. Organize a task force to address these issues in your community.

God bless you as you pray, study, act and organize in Christ’s name.